Rosemary Catacalos has been a Dobie-Paisano fellow, a Stegner fellow, and a recipient of an NEA creative writing fellowship and other honors. She is the 2013 Poet Laureate of Texas.
Again for the First Time was originally published in 1984 by Tooth of Time Books in Santa Fe. Wings Press is proud to publish this 30th anniversary edition. Again for the First Time received the Texas Institute of Letters Poetry Prize. It was the first full-length collection of poetry by Rosemary Catacalos.
"For precise balance in tone and form, and for surprising resonance throughout, Again for the First Time is a superb book of poems."
"The painstaking craft involved here is a sort of poetic alchemy, transmuting the base elements of life—thought, sorrow, joy—into a living thing which reaches deep into our consciousness and embeds itself there. "Real poetry goes through one like a spear," to paraphrase Coleridge; Catacalos's poetry nearly always brings blood."
— Bryce Milligan, in The Texas Observer (1984)
"It is impossible to say too much about this book by Rosemary Catacalos. There are poems in her collection that will astound, and not merely because they manipulate myth and reality so artfully but because they are spoken with the strength of a person who has learned to lament and give thanks at once, to keep "doing and undoing the whole cloth" even as her "fingers bleed all over the loom."
—Dave Oliphant, in Cedar Rock